Big Island police are investigating brush fires this week on the west side of the island.
On Monday at approximately 3:33 p.m., officers from the Kona and South Kohala districts and fire department personnel responded to a report of a brush fire on the mauka side of Hawai'i Belt Road, also known as Route 190, in the area of the 14 mile marker in Kailua-Kona.
Upon arrival emergency personnel discovered the fire spread north from the mauka side of the roadway towards the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, approximately four miles east and approximately two miles south along Hawai'i Belt Road.
On Tuesday at 3:54 p.m., Kona Patrol Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a brush fire on the mauka side of Hawai'i Belt Road in the area of the 16 mile marker in the area of Puanahulu.
Upon arrival emergency personnel discovered the fire spread from the mauka side of the roadway and headed south in the direction of the Puulani Estates Subdivision, burning approximately 150 acres of vacant land. As emergency personnel were working to extinguish this fire, another brush fire was reported in the area of the 23 mile marker, also on Hawai'i Belt Road. Fire personnel were able to quickly extinguish that fire which burned approximately a quarter of an acre.
No structures were damaged as a result of the fires and the total extent of the burned property has yet to be determined.
Detectives are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fires. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Levon Stevens, at 326-4646, extension 226.
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